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Process diary

Sophie Everingham

Bowral High School

Artwork title
Transcendence
HSC year
2013
ARTEXPRESS year
2014
Expressive form
Ceramics
Artist’s statement

Transcendence is an exploration of existence free from the limitations inherent in matter, where the world of dreaming and fantasy is joined to the everyday rational world in an absolute reality and surreality. My handcrafted mountain landscape is layered with multiple connotations of the ancient Chinese traditions of jade carving and landscape painting. My use of the female form subtly references the fecundity of the earth and how life changes with the seasons.

Influencing artists: Xu Bing, Ah Xian, Marea Gazzard, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Brett Whiteley


Collection connections

Consider Sophie Everingham’s and Brett Whiteley’s artwork. How do the subject matter and its arrangement work together in each? Discuss how structure and narrative are connected.

Plan a composition for an artwork. Make various sketches and decisions on the arrangement of the subject matter. Present your compositions to a small group and discuss which is most effective for your final piece.